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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Umbarger House

Late Nineteenth Century Homelife in a San José Farmhouse

 
 
The Umbarger House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
1. The Umbarger House Marker
[Photo captions clockwise from the top left:]

The Umbarger House was originally located at 2662 Monterey Road in San Jose. When this photograph was taken in 2001, the Paver Depot which sells paving stones for patios and retaining walls, was located on the former Umbarger property.

The Umbarger parlor is used for tours and educational programs.

Threshing at Doemsky Ranch, Monterey Road, July 1887. From the 1850s through the 1880s, wheat and other grains were dominant crops grown in the Santa Clara Valley.

The Umbarger’s property is outlined in red. This map was taken from the Historical Atlas of Santa Clara County, page. 37.
Inscription. In 1851 David Umbarger, a “forty-niner” from West Virginia, bought 136.5 acres in the Santa Clara Valley. Umbarger built this house on his homestead in the 1870s.

Like many ex-miners who remained in California, Umbarger started farming in order to make a living. He dedicated his land to wheat and grain production.

After Umbarger died in 1891, his land was divided and sold. The house remained on a six and one-half acre lot which changed owners several times. The Umbarger House was moved to the History Park in 1870.

The rest of Umbarger’s property became small farms and building lots as well as part of Umbarger Road in southeast San José. In August 1946, thirty-two acres of land were sold to become the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Visit the “kitchen garden” behind the hose. This type of garden was a common feature found in the Santa Clara Valley. The Umbargers would have grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

To find out more about the Umbarger House and farming in the Santa Clara Valley during the late nineteenth century, pleas visit our website: www.historysanjose.org.

Peter and Emma Aimonetti donated the house. This sign made possible by a generous grant from the Farrington Foundation.
 
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The Umbarger House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
2. The Umbarger House and Marker
Jose Historical Museum Association.
 
Location. 37° 19.215′ N, 121° 51.552′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Zanker House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chiechi House (within shouting distance of this marker); Coyote Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ng Shing Gung (about 300 feet away); Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn (about 300 feet away); O’Brien’s (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in History Park, a part of San Jose’s Kelly Park.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
The Umbarger House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
3. The Umbarger House
Map of History Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Map of History Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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